Public Backs Vaccine Mandates

Public Backs Vaccine Mandates

With the economy opening up, employers and businesses are likely to mandate or require that employees and customers are vaccinated against Covid. The IBD/TIPP Poll shows that most Americans are in favor of the move.

Raghavan Mayur
Raghavan Mayur

Companies, colleges, cafes, churches, cruises et al. are upping pressure on employees, students, customers, worshipers, etc., to get vaccinated and/or disclose their Covid vaccine status as they attempt to reopen. More than half, over 60% of Americans are in favor of the move.

A recent Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP Poll posed questions regarding various entities requiring or mandating vaccination to over 1300 Americans. More than two-thirds of respondents supported the move by the travel industry, educational institutions, employers, entertainment venues, and other businesses/places to press for vaccinations among their customers and employees.

We asked to what extent they supported the move to make vaccination mandatory or a requirement. The majority of Americans support the idea.

The data reads –

  • 66% - Travel providers such as airlines, cruises, and hotels mandating vaccination of travelers
  • 66% - Schools and colleges mandating that students are vaccinated to attend classes in-person
  • 63% - Employers requiring vaccinations of employees
  • 63% - Venues such as stadiums, theaters, and churches mandating vaccination of attendees
  • 60% - Stores, restaurants, and gyms requiring vaccination of customers
TIPP Poll Support For Vaccine Mandates In The United States - Chart

Since vaccines provide protection for oneself and others around, employers and business owners are putting pressure to ensure a safe place for doing business.

Support and opposition vary measurably between various demographic groups surveyed. Seniors, urbanites, men, and the highest income bracket $75K+ were more supportive, in general, of the move.

Those from rural areas and women showed the most reluctance to accept such mandates.

Business owners, employers, and service providers are responsible for ensuring a safe working and business environment. Towards this goal, the demand to know vaccine status is only going to rise. In addition, international financial institutions are compelling staff to disclose their vaccine status.

New guidelines from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) state that employers are legally permitted to ask workers for their vaccination status and can require them to be vaccinated if they enter the workspace. Exceptions can be granted on medical and religious grounds.

But, as the IBD/TIPP Poll survey found, 26% of Americans are unwilling to take the Covid vaccine, with 16% refusing to take the vaccine at all. The move to make vaccines mandatory for employees/customers and require them to disclose their vaccine status is likely to see some pushback. One such instance has already been in the news.

Houston Methodist hospital hit the news when 200 of its employees were suspended for failing to get fully vaccinated before the June 7 deadline. A lawsuit brought by over a hundred of the suspended staff was dismissed by a federal judge, indicating that the administration and the judiciary will take a tough stand to ensure the success of the Covid vaccine drive.

Vaccine skepticism and resistance have shown a markedly political slant. As an extension, support and opposition for the mandatory move are also delineated along party lines.

Democrats showed much more support for a mandatory measure to ensure vaccine compliance than Republicans. While support from the Democrats hits the early 80s range, Republicans polled only close to the halfway mark. Independent’s data also remained close to Republican numbers.

TIPP Poll Support For Vaccine Mandates By American Ideologies - Chart

With political ideology, too, there is a noticeable difference. While the conservatives polled in the 50s, the moderates offered more support – with their numbers well into the 60s. Liberals were the most supportive of the move, with around 80% in favor.

American Support For Vaccine Mandates By Ideology, TIPP Poll - Chart

While some may claim that vaccination is a personal issue and not disclosing vaccine status is a matter of privacy, it may not find overwhelming support in the current scenario.

The widespread support for strict measures is understandable, given that many people see vaccinations as a tool for bringing the pandemic under control.

Anjali Krishnan contributed to the report.


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Iran’s President-Elect Raisi Addresses Ties To Mass Executions

For the first time, Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi addressed his links with the mass execution of political prisoners in 1988 when he was deputy prosecutor of Tehran.

President Ebrahim Raisi Of Iran
President Ebrahim Raisi Of Iran

Many of the executed were reportedly members of the Mujaheddin-e-Khalq (MEK), an organization pushing for regime change that is now based in Europe.

Raisi did not directly confirm or deny the allegations. “Everything I’ve done in my time of holding office has been to defend human rights,” the hard-line Muslim scholar said.

He added that he has dealt with “those who disrupted people’s rights and engaged in Daeshi and anti-security moves” in reference to the ISIL (ISIS) armed group.

Amnesty International earlier this week renewed its call for Raisi to be put on trial for “crimes against humanity.”

He supports the nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but said the U.S. must return to its commitments and first lift its unilateral sanctions imposed after abandoning the historic accord.


Imran Khan: Pakistan PM Causes Stir With Remarks On Afghanistan And Xinjiang

Pakistan's prime minister has created a stir over comments he made about U.S. operations in Afghanistan and China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims.

President Ebrahim Raisi Of Iran

Imran Khan categorically stated that he would not allow the U.S. to use Pakistan as a base for its Afghan operations.

Khan said that he would "absolutely not" allow the U.S. to have the CIA in Pakistan to conduct cross-border counter-terrorism missions against al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group, and the Taliban.

Pakistan's cooperation is seen as critical to President Biden's plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September completely.

Khan said that Pakistan "respect[s] the way they [China] are and whatever issues we have we speak behind closed doors."

He said that China has been one of the "greatest friends" to Pakistan at its most difficult times, adding that "when we were really struggling, and our economy was struggling, they came to our rescue."


Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Media Outlet Apple Daily Set To Close In Big Victory For Xi Jinping

Hong Kong's popular tabloid newspaper Apple Daily and its website will likely shut by this weekend, possibly earlier, after a ruthless campaign against it led by President Xi Jinping's National Security agents.

Apple Daily Newspaper In Hong Kong
Apple Daily Newspaper In Hong Kong

The arrests of the senior editors last week didn't initially deter the journalists at the staunchly pro-democracy media outlet, who organized a special 500,000 print run of the next day's paper that supporters snapped up.

But a U.S.-based advisor to Jimmy Lai, Mark Simon, said in an interview with Reuters that the asset freeze imposed by the police meant the company can't continue to pay staff.

Next Media, the parent company, will hold a board meeting and has indicated if the police don't unfreeze the company's assets, it will cease printing the paper and stop updating the website.

Hong Kong police say multiple articles published by the newspaper are under investigation for violating the vague and sweeping security law that Mr. Xi brought in and warned other journalists in Hong Kong not to repost any of the paper's stories.


NASA Sends Squid From Hawaii Into Space For Research

Baby Hawaiian bobtail squids were blasted into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Squids On The SpaceX Supply Mission To International Space Station
Squids On The SpaceX Supply Mission To International Space Station

Researcher Jamie Foster, who completed her doctorate at the University of Hawaii, is studying how spaceflight affects the squid in hopes of bolstering human health during long space missions.

The squids have a symbiotic relationship with natural bacteria that help regulate their bioluminescence.

“Their immune systems don’t recognize bacteria as easily. They sometimes get sick.” Ms. Foster said understanding what happens to the squid in space could help solve health problems that astronauts face.

The baby squid will come back to Earth in July.

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